Alaina Lopez, M.A., LPC-S, CART, RPT
Founder of Heart To Heart Counseling Services, LLC. Alaina Sanderson Lopez is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, and Registered Play Therapist. Alaina has over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Alaina believes therapy can help us identify our strengths and personal successes for ourselves, as well as, our children. Therapy is an investment in the personal growth and well being of an individual. Alaina strives to provide a warm, trusting, open, and supportive relationship for her clients. The therapeutic relationship is a partnership between the client and the therapist, and is based on trust, and respect to achieve the client’s goal.
My approach is eclectic. It incorporates elements of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative, acceptance, and commitment, emotionally focused, and positive therapy approaches. Utilizing these approaches we will learn to understand the past so we can understand how you were impacted by the past currently to create a healthy future.
Areas of Specialization
Anger Management • Personal Growth • Play Therapy • Depression • Parenting Skills • ADHD/ADD • Stress Management • Foster Parenting • Coping Skills • Anxiety • Bipolar • Couples Counseling, Building Health Relationships *Social Phobia *Work life Balance * Feeling emotionally neglected from parents* Life Coaching
Tiffany Martin, M.S., LPC, CCTP
Annastasia Vincent, M.A., LPC- Associate
Annastasia is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate. She earned her Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning through the University of Houston, where she studied early childhood development. For ten years, she has passionately served as an elementary teacher, working to educate children academically, socially, and emotionally. Her education and experiences have equipped her to work closely alongside families and children with a variety of needs and concerns.
Anna believes in the power of a warm, trusting, and professional partnership. She understands that everyone is unique in their background, experiences, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and life journey. It is through the therapeutic partnership that she works closely to assist her clients in developing goals that are aimed to promote emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual growth and wellness.
Anna adheres to an eclectic approach to counseling. Depending on the client and their needs, she combines various techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, narrative acceptance, positive therapy, and play therapy for young children.
Claudine Kirby, M.A., LPC
Claudine holds a Masters in Clinical Counseling with knowledge of behavioral and therapeutic interventions. She has experience in crisis interventions, motivational interviewing, family systems and care coordination. Claudine’s primarily focuses on overall health and well-being: by providing insight into how the mind and body affect symptom presentations. She also works to provide insight and understanding of how behavioral patterns and subconscious choices can be challenged to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Meredith Villafana, Business Operations Manager
Meredith joined our practice in 2018 and is a contractor for behavioral health practitioners. She studied business and accounting. She has extensive experience in credentialing and billing. Her creativity, entrepreneurial and leadership skills have greatly contributed to the expansion and success of the practice. Meredith coordinates patient-relation functions, business operations, other collaborative business efforts. Her passion and awareness for the mental health industry are a perfect match for this practice representing and innovative, forefront organization.
Nyree Walker Pringle, M.S., LPC- Associate
Education in Marriage Couple and Family Counseling
Expected Graduation Date December 2021
Currently, Nyree is a Lamar University Graduate Intern. In addition, she is a highly dedicated educator of 22 years in nurturing students and families, while helping and empowering youth to build the confidence, knowledge, and wisdom to become their best selves. As an aspiring marriage, couple, and family therapist, Nyree possesses a multicultural competence, knowledge, and awareness coupled with a passion for learning. In essence, Nyree prides herself on her commitment as an advocate for the positive cultivation, academic, and social and emotional development that enriches the lives of people from all walks of life.
Dr. Nneka Nnadozie
Dr. Nneka Nnadozie is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology in Sacramento, CA in 2015, where she obtained specialized training in forensic psychology. She became passionate about working with sex trafficking victims and survivors while conducting her dissertation research on adult prostituted women. She continues her work with sex trafficking victims by providing individual and group psychotherapy to youth survivors and their caregivers. Dr. Nnadozie also developed and implemented a versatile and interactive curriculum for preventing child sexual exploitation. The curriculum, Standing for and Achieving Youth Empowerment (S.A.Y.E.), is a fundamental prevention program for youth who are at-risk for being trafficked, and it can be taught to qualified mental health professionals in diverse settings. Dr. Nnadozie is the owner and founder of 360 Therapy & Psychological Services, LLC where she uses a trauma-informed approach for both psychotherapy and psychological evaluations. She focuses on helping youth and adults become aware of how their trauma history affects the mind and body, and in essence hinders their mental and physical wellbeing. She is passionate about providing developmentally appropriate and culturally competent trauma-informed therapy and psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults. She is also impassioned about helping clients advocate for themselves and transform from trauma victims to survivors. More personally, Dr. Nnadozie is a native Houstonian and enjoys reading, shoe shopping, exploring different restaurants, and traveling in her free time.
Mr. Nicholas Lopez, M.Ed.
Nicholas Lopez is an educator of 21 years having attended Texas Southern University for both undergraduate and graduate school. Lopez was drafted in the 5th round of the 1997 NFL draft to the Miami Dolphins. He later became a juvenile detention officer with Harris County and held this role of juvenile detention officer for three years. In 2001 Nicholas began teaching middle school ESL Reading, where he also coached football and was a mentor teacher. His experience working in an at-risk campus led him to pursue his Anger Management certification. After eight years at his first teaching assignment, he transitioned to another middle school through the Talent Transfer Initiative. During that time at his second teaching assignment, he served in many instructional roles, coaching football/cross country; taking leadership roles as LPAC chairperson and Behavior Interventionist. In 2015 Nicholas transitioned to his third middle school which led the district with discipline referrals and the following year showed a 54% decrease with discipline referrals. The academic performance saw gains each year also receiving gold and platinum awards for Family Engagement. With 24 years of working with children, particularly at-risk youth give him the experience to coach individuals on behaviors or perceptions that prevent people from communicating effectively. He is skilled at bringing awareness to attitudinal barriers to communication that result from personality conflicts, poor management, resistance to change or lack of motivation.
Simrah Wasim, University of Houston-Clear Lake Practicum Student
Simrah is currently a Graduate Student in the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Mental Health Counseling Program. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston in Human Development and Family Studies with a Minor in Education. She enjoys working with people of all ages but especially children. It is a passion of hers to not only advocate for counseling but make sure that people are receiving the correct resources best altered to them. Therapy helps enrich people’s lives and produce personal growth. This is usually created from a warm, comforting, and trusting relationship with the counselor. She understands that every individual has their own story, background, and life journey. She wants to use people’s differences and embrace who they are with positive therapeutic methods.
My approach to counseling is eclectic. Since each client is unique, various methods are involved to get closer to achieving those goals. A few of the methods that I would like to incorporate are cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and person-centered therapy. I believe in multicultural awareness and am fluent in Urdu. I believe that counseling is the healthiest way to create and maintain positive mental health.
Coutney Warncke, M.A., LMSW
Courtney obtained her Master of Social Work degree, with a specialization in children and families from The University of Texas at Arlington. She understands that we all have challenges and hardships to overcome in life, and she is open to clients from all backgrounds and respects the views of each individual client. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has great [personal] knowledge of disabilities, crisis and trauma, and how it can both positively or negatively impact a person, depending on what support and if the correct resources are provided. She believes that she has a deeper understanding of how the correct level of support can positively impact a situation and the healing process. She is confident that she can use her personal experiences and what she has learned to help someone else to grow and heal.
Courtney has experience in adapting to change and building resilience, which can help in empowerment and a more sense of security. Courtney seeking to provide clients with a safe, supportive and comfortable atmosphere is a big motivation and must for her. Reminding the client that he or she is the expert in their story will help her to better understand the situation. Courtney holds an attitude that is unbiased and nonjudge mental knowing that sometimes all that is needed is a listening ear, which can work to build a relationship of mutual respect and understanding. Courtney is empathetic, while providing critical thinking. Courtney is family-oriented and works to emphasize the strong role that each member plays in the family and how this can affect a person’s growth, development, support and healing. Courtney works to improve a person’s mental health status, overall well-being and happiness. By having a strong, positive relationship with her client, they will work together to process and achieve the goals that were set.
Areas of Specialization: Children & Families, Personal Growth, Coping Skills, Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Healing
Markita Harrell, Lamar University Practicum Student
Markita’s priority, when working with clients, is to build a trusting relationship by providing a safe, non-judgmental place to seek counsel. Markita has a passion for using her extroverted skills in the community to educate and bring awareness of mental health and psychosocial development to others. By helping clients cope with trauma, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression she offers unique sessions that elevates negative stigmas surrounding mental health counseling. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy she helps navigate through nuances of generational trauma, crisis, relationships, and self-improvement.
Her approach is to collaborate with her clients in bridging the gap between where they are currently at in life and where they want to be. With culturally competent care, open-mindfulness and compassion Markita prides herself on helping clients conquer their story with tools of awareness and confidence.
As a parent to a child with Autism she also provides coping mechanism, support, and behavioral education to families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Afomachukwu "Maryanne" Nnake, M.S., LPC-Associate, CST-C
Maryanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and holds a Masters of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston Clear Lake in Houston, TX. She welcomes individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families seeking to enhance their lives.
Maryanne takes an overall Narrative approach, pulling from other modalities such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and SFT (Solution Focused Therapy). She offers Christian or secular counseling and utilizes a systemic therapy approach with an emphasis on family perspectives.
Maryanne believes in a collaborative approach, and providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to share their story from their perspective.
Areas of Interest: Behavioral/Disruptive Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Sex Therapy, Identity Issues, Attachment, LGBTQ+, Parenting Skills
Kenya Fance, M.A., LPC-Associate
Kenya is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate who is passionate about education and pursuing her goals. She holds an MA in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Prior to obtaining this degree in 2013, Kaye had previously earned a MS from Texas Southern University in Health Education. Her undergraduate work involved receiving her bachelor’s degree, which included a minor in Sociology.
Coupled with her educational background and her experience in the public sector, she has demonstrated the ability to help people and steer them in the right direction. Kenya has risen to meet and conquer the challenges necessary to provide effective client care. She is highly skilled in promoting the welfare of others, resolving human relations issues, and promoting health and well-being. She uses a person-centered approach with a multitude of therapeutic techniques depending on the individual needs of the client. This could include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, mindfulness, systems therapy, and creative therapy.
She enjoys working with young adults, as well as adolescents. Since 2006, Kenya has been working with adolescents as a Permanency Specialist with the Department of Family and Protective Services. She brings her passion for advocating for positive social change, development, cohesion, and empowerment to her role as a therapist.
Areas of Specialization:
Gabrielle Hargrove, M.Ed., LPC-Supervisor
Gabrielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. For twenty years, Gabrielle has enjoyed providing therapy to a multitude of populations from children to older adults in populations such as victims of domestic violence, adult psychiatric hospitalized patients, adult forensic populations, substance abuse in adults, children and teens with behavioral and emotional concerns, and college students.
Gabrielle focuses on the unique personality and strengths that a client brings to the therapy session and helps the client to grow from that with a professional, warm, supportive, and realistic approach to assist her clients through the concerns that bring them to therapy. Gabrielle believes that the therapeutic relationship is an honor, and wants her clients to feel safe, confident, and comfortable in each meeting. She mostly provides counseling from a Cognitive Behavior Approach, but can have an eclectic approach dependent on the needs of the client.
Gabrielle is also a board approved Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor. Gabrielle supervises from an Integrative Development Model that guides the LPC- Associate through their growth and development as a new therapist.
Currently, Gabrielle provides counseling with teens and adults with diagnoses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Grief, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorder.